Texas native wildflower that grows in spectacular abundance
during the fall, especially in southwest Texas.
Several of these bright yellow clusters have appeared lately. Very attractive.
closed flower blossom before opening
Grows wild in roadside ditches where I live in New Mexico.
Photo taken in May ~ by fall, these plants will be 6 or 8 feet tall and have flower spikes up to three feet long and covered with gorgeous, 4" wide yellow blooms.
Close-up of flower detail
Maximillian Sunflower in all it's glory. How beautiful Fall can be.
Close up of Maximillian, simple and amazing.
Seeds are in the dried flower. They can be thoroughly dried and split to collect the tiny seeds. Finches love the seed so if you want to harvest some protect them by placing panty hose material over.
Helianthus maximilianii in my Fall garden.
Sun-lovers look fantastic in late summer/fall.
Unlike annual sunflowers, the Maximillian sets its blooms along the stalk.
10/08 against a 5ft fence
Western Travis County, TX. Oct 2008
A neighbor's maximillian sunflower. It is tied to the fence but is obviously poorly sited.
maximillian sunflower in full bloom, late summer early autumn in my garden 2010- Preston Drum
With additional bee!
These guys are ten years old! They shrank down for a few years, but with a few wet, cool springs, they've bounced right back.
September 20, 2011
Why I planted Maximilian Sunflowers